“I don't think AEA stands for the best of their profession. AEA stands for the worst of it,” Byrne said at a news conference Tuesday on the Capitol steps. Byrne positioned himself so the AEA headquarters near the Capitol was visible over his shoulder.
He signed a pledge Tuesday not to take money directly or indirectly from AEA …
Big whoop. Like AEA is going to offer Byrne so much as one thin dime …
… and challenged the other five GOP candidates to do the same.
Oh ho! So that's what it's all about. Byrne can't reach into the AEA money pot so he's trying to make it off limits for his competitors, too. Good luck with that. In fact, that train has already left the station.
[Paul] Hubbert said AEA is concentrating its contributions on legislative candidates in 2010 and expects to give little in the governor's race. He said, so far, it has contributed to two candidates for governor.
AEA's campaign finance reports show it has given $35,000 to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ron Sparks. Hubbert said the organization also gave $10,000 to another political action committee with the understanding it would go to state Rep. Robert Bentley of Tuscaloosa, one of the Republican candidates for governor and a member of the House committee that helps write the state education budget.
I really doubt the $10K to Bentley indicates Dr. Hubbert thinks he'll win the GOP nomination — other considerations are obviously afoot there. Also, the $35K to Ron Sparks should call into question the widespread common wisdom that AEA doesn't support Sparks' candidacy.